We don’t care if Tom Coben’s idea for a robot that can bowl was faked with CGI. We still want to see these things in action the next time we go to the bowling alley, hurling 15 lb. balls and banging out perfect 300 games while terrifying onlookers.
We recently saw what the insides of a bowling ball looked like. Now see those balls get that way in this clip from How It’s Made, starting out with a soupy goo for its core, wrapped in polymer and polyurethane layers, and then sanded. We were most surprised by the odd shape of the core.
Bowling pins look so smooth and perfect that you’d think they were made by casting them. But this clip from the UK edition of How It’s Made shows how each one is made by gluing together wood boards and turning them on a lathe before coating them in a plastic shell.
Bowling alleys typically coat their lanes with oil to protect the wood. This has a significant effect on the ball, so much so that competitions use a variety of oil patterns to challenge competitors. Vox spoke with pro bowler Phil Edwards about bowling’s hidden layer.
When The Slow Mo Guys team up with Blue Man Group, you know they’re going to make a mess of epic proportions. That’s exactly what they did in this extended length video, as they used bowling balls to wreak as much havoc as possible in front of a high-speed camera.
Ben Ketola shows off his extraordinary ability to knock all 10 pins over not just once, but 12 times in a row, scoring a perfect 300 game in just 86.9 seconds. It doesn’t hurt that he had access to ten lanes to accomplish the feat, so he never had to wait for the pins to reset.